Salad on a stick is nothing so unusual as it may seem. Since so many foods can be handily served on a skewer, why not a salad?
Kid’s and family-oriented cookbooks often suggest putting salad ingredients on a stick to encourage kids to eat them, and have everything imaginable on a stick, including salad. You probably would never have considered it a marketable product. However, 1974, someone actually tried to market it as a product.
The patent was filed on June 29, 1972. According to the Food History Almanac, by Janet Clarkson, a patent was granted in 1974 to Rodney E. Russell, for his “invention” of a salad on a stick, complete with a receptacle for dressing. The product was meant for fast-food or take-out restaurants, suitable for people on the go.
Salad on a Stick Patent Abstract
A food storing and serving device comprising an elongate member temporarily principally enclosed within a combination container and lid. The elongated member or “stick” is constructed to pierce a series of meat and/or vegetable items and includes a hollow interior, serving as a conduit for the passage of liquid flavoring medium such as salad oil, dressing, sauce, or the like. A squeeze-type bulb is intimately associated with the stick such that depression of the former will cause the salad oil or dressing, for example, to exude upwardly through the interior of the stick so that the same comes out the end thereof and descends gradually over the food items disposed upon the stick. A frictional engagement is enjoyed as between the stick and lid such that the latter may serve to advance food to the end of the stick and also serve as a base for catching any drippings as the device is held erect.
Salad on a Stick Patent – Partial Full-Text
SALAD ON A STICK The present invention relates to food items and, more particularly, to a new and improved food storage and service device suitable for accommodating a stacked series of vegetable, fruit, or meat items or any combination of the same.
The subject device is particularly suitable for fastfood or take-out type eating establishments, as they are known in the trade, which wish to serve salads with a minimum expense to people who are in a hurry or otherwise do not require full restaurant services. I
Heretofore, salads for example have been very time consuming to make, requiring generally a separate mixing bowl, a plurality of individual serving bowls, and requiring the necessity of washing all of these bowls as well as silverware and mixing spoons after the same have been used.
Additionally, there is the problem of storing salads and also meat and vegetable combinations, and also heating or chilling the same, preparatory to serving customers.
In the present invention the food items are pierced by and hence stacked upon a stick in shish kebab manner. The stick or hollow elongate member includes a preferably pointed end and also a reverse holding end which takes the form of a collapsible bulb. The latter is constructed to receive and store condiments such as sauces, salad oil, dressings, and the like. The bulb is adapted to be squeezed so as to urge the fluid upwardly through the upper end of the stick and allow the same to drip downwardly upon the food items contained thereon.
The device also includes an inverted cup member and also a lid structure, the inverted cup member being removed by the user preparatory to his eating the items contained on the stick. The lid structure itself also serves as a base for catching any food drippings, salad oil drippings, or the like and, furthermore, enjoys a slideable, frictional engagement with the stick so as to be adapted to urge the food items upwardly toward the point of the stick, for easier eating.
In the preferred embodiment of the invention,-the bulb unit of the stick is a separate part and is simply pressed on to the remainder of the elongate stick containing the central passageway accommodating the salad oil or dressing. – Publication number US3821425 A
See entry at USPTO